It seems I’ve done it again. Only a few short months after leveling my druid to 90, I’ve embarked upon another leveling quest. Ranzine, fierce undead protection warrior has risen from the grave to fight for the Dark Lady.
This is becoming somewhat of a problem.
But, Ranzine won’t become merely another healing alt (I mean, she is a warrior), no she is destined for much higher heights of greatness. For, you see, Ranzine will become my first real tanking character!
This whole fiasco started on Fussypants, way back in the day (it couldn’t have been more than a year ago, really. Early MoP at the very earliest). There is a little known fact that Fussypants, my somewhat famous holy paladin, was actually a prot pally. Yup, I tank almost solely up to level 70 on her. Then, something happened. Something terrible, yet wonderful. I discovered the wonders of healing.
And I never looked back. That one spec selection has since birthed three separate healing alts, and a rather talented healer. But wait, what about Fussypants’s tanking?
Well, that’s where the problem lies. I am now too scared to try tanking again. From what I now realize of my tanking exploits, I was bad. I was really bad. My rotation was made up of ‘glowy button! oooh! more glowy button!’ and my gear anything with the highest amount of +green numbers. I’m pretty sure I walked around in a mixture of mail, plate, and leather. And by that point, I knew what the difference was.
So, I kind of have this stigmatism that if I were to ever tank again, that I would suck. That all those little mistakes would be called out and ridiculed, and that people would kick me from group and insult me. And that terrifies me. It’s utterly ridiculous; I face almost the same consequences on my healers, and yet I’ve never been nearly as frightened of healing.
This is where Ranzine comes in. I’m going to try to level her exclusively through tanking, and whenever I hit max level, continue tanking. This whole thing could blow up in my face, or I could really learn to love tanking again. I’m going to do it. No backing out, no switching to healing, just tanking. And I’m going to stick with it, no matter how many groups I get kicked from.
In my mind, the best way to try something new, is to just throw yourself out there. So that is what I’m going to do.
Addendum: So, if any of y’all have horde side characters on US realms, I’d love to come tanking with you. Currently I’m level 24, so if anyone wants to dungeon crawl with me, I’d love to have you! You can email me or leave a comment if you are interested.